Tip of the Week: Interlibrary Loan

March 24, 2014

Are you looking for a book or an article that is not in the Cardinal Cushing Library collection? Interlibrary Loan allows current students, faculty, and staff of Emmanuel College access to books and articles outside the Cardinal Cushing Library collection.

Access the Request Article/Book (ILL) forms on the Library home page under “Library Resources” heading in the center column. Make sure to select the appropriate form for either a book or article request, and then fill in as much information as you can. Every entry that is marked with a red asterisk is required, and other entries will provide our staff with additional information. When your item is available, you will be contacted via the email provided on the form. (Access the interlibrary loan policy on the Library home page under “Library Services and Policies” heading in the left column.)

Keep in mind that in addition to requesting materials, you may also visit Fenway Libraries Online and Fenway Library Consortium institutions in person for immediate access. A complete list of FLO and FLC institutions is available here: http://www.fenwaylibraries.org/.

Do you have more questions about interlibrary loans? If so, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, via email at: reference@emmanuel.edu, or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

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Proquest updates Literature Online (LION) interface

March 17, 2014

Proquest has updated the Literature Online (LION) interface, but will continue to have access to Literature Online on its legacy platform through the first half of 2014, so you can complete any work required on your end before they turn off the old platform.

Please see the link at the top of the LION home page for more information.  Feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions.

Important Note: the “My Archive” accounts will not be migrated to the new interface. If you are using a My Archive account, please extract your data manually to the repository of your choosing and create a new My Archive account in the new Literature Online.

Evaluating Resources for All Your Research Needs

March 5, 2014

Are you currently searching for sources for a research project? Are you sure that the sources you are considering using are authoritative, free of bias, current, and verifiable? Take a moment to consider the following when choosing resources for your research:

1. Authorship and Authority
(Gibaldi 41-45)
Author Credential information:
[Note: In some cases, an organization or corporation may be responsible for a work.]

  • Educational degrees such as PhD, MD, etc.
  • Affiliations such as schools, research facilities or other organizations; and work experience.

Publisher and publication information:

  • Scholarly or peer reviewed journal articles undergo a higher level of screening by experts in the field.
  • Publishers may be associated with educational institutions or national professional organizations.

2. Accuracy and Verifiability (Gibaldi 41-45)
 Bias or point of view

  • Look at the author or publication affiliations for potential sources of bias.
  • Note the wording, tone, and how thoroughly differing opinions are explored.


  • Determine if the author has citations backing up any claims within a work.
  • Consult other sources to verify claims being made in the article.

3. Currency (Gibaldi 41-45)

  • Certain types of information have a shorter shelf-life than others. An older article on current trends in heart surgery would not be a credible source. However, an older English literature article could be a good source.
  • The date of publication may have an effect on the point of view or bias.

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.

New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Print.

If you have any further questions, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, via email at: reference@emmanuel.edu, or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

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Using the New EC Print System

February 20, 2014

Emmanuel College has started to use a new printing system on campus called EC Print. It brings 27 brand new print devices to 17 convenient locations on campus. As well as black and white printing, these machines offer users the ability to scan directly to their email accounts, copy books and documents, and some machines offer color printing and faxing capabilities.

How do I print?

-          Web printing: Using this tool it is possible to upload documents to be printed from any computer.  To access Web Print, click on the “EC Print” in Applications list in Portal or go to http://ECPrint.emmanuel.edu.

-          Library and Dorm Computers: Public computers in the library and dorm lobbies are also available for printing.

What is ‘Follow Me’ Printing?

-          With EC Print, uploaded documents are not sent to a specific print device, but instead stored in the print system.  Students can visit any print location on campus to complete the print job by tapping their ID and selecting the associated print listing

For detailed information as well as a map of printing locations, visit this website:


If you have any technical issues or in-depth questions, please contact the IT Help Desk.  They are located in the Administration Building, Room 130. Their hours are Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Their phone number is: 617-735-9966 and they are also available via e-mail: helpdesk@emmanuel.edu.

If you have any further questions, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, via email at: reference@emmanuel.edu,  or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

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The Leisure Collection

February 10, 2014

Are you looking for something fun to read? Are you looking for something other than text books and journal articles? Would you like to curl up with a good book and read for pleasure? If so, look no further than the Leisure Collection in the Emmanuel College library. The Leisure Collection features a wide range of titles for all interests including mysteries, romance, thrillers, science fiction, sports, and many more.

To search the catalog for a specific title or author, head to the library site http://library.emmanuel.edu/ and look for the Library Resources heading in the middle of the page. There you will find a search window for our library catalog. If you would like to search by Title or Author click on the appropriate tab.


-          When searching by title, omit the initial article from your   search: “Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” instead of “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”

-          When searching by Author, make sure to enter the author’s surname first: ‘Leonard, Elmore’ instead of Elmore Leonard.

Here are a few new editions to the Leisure Collection from several different genres:

-          Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1306651

-          The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1398431

-          The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1394603

-          Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1393752

-         Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1394875

If you have any further questions about reading for fun or would like help choosing a book  be sure to contact a reference librarian in person, via email at: reference@emmanuel.edu, or via phone at: (617) 735-9927.

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Getting Started with RefWorks

January 27, 2014

Do you want a way to manage and create citations for all of your research papers? Look no further than RefWorks, a helpful and easy to use tool for citation management. To begin using RefWorks you will need to register and create an account.

Registering for RefWorks
1. Register from a computer on campus by going to http://www.refworks.com/refworks and following the directions.
2. Once you are registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration and providing instructions for accessing your RefWorks account off campus.

Citation Management with RefWorks

1. When using the library’s article databases you will notice a link to Export the citation to another platform, from the options provided choose RefWorks. You can then create a reference in the format of your choosing.

2. Alternatively, enter references into RefWorks by typing the relevant information into RefWorks manually.

For more detailed instructions, explore the library frequently asked questions page on RefWorks: http://library.emmanuel.edu/sp/subjects/faq.php?coll_id=5

If you have any further questions, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person, via email at: reference@emmanuel.edu, via phone at: (617) 735-9927, or in person at the Reference Desk.

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Reserves and How to Access Them

January 21, 2014

Has an instructor put materials for a course you are taking this semester on reserve? If so, you can check the availability of those materials on the library website http://library.emmanuel.edu/ .

Under the Library Resources heading in the middle of the page, there is a Books, DVDs, CDs heading for searching the library catalog. Under this heading there are several tabs, one of which is Reserves. If you click on this tab you will be directed to the Fenway Libraries Online Reserves page http://endeavor.flo.org/vwebv/enterCourseReserve.do .

-          To find your reserve materials you will need to know the name of the instructor, the course, or associated department in addition to the name of the item.

-          Reserves are for IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.

-          Reserves are only available for 2 hours at a time.

-          All reserves are available at the Circulation Desk in the main lobby of the Library.

If you have any further questions, be sure to contact a reference librarian in person at the Reference Desk, by email (reference@emmanuel.edu), or by phone (617) 735-9927.

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Finding Full Text of Articles

January 15, 2014

Are you trying to read the full text of an article for a class or a research paper? Do you need help finding exactly where to look for a specific article? The Full-Text Finder helps you to get from an article citation directly to the full text of any article.

  • From the Library Home Page (http://library.emmanuel.edu), select the Full-Text Finder under the Articles section of the Library Resources.
  • Enter the journal name in the text box and click on Search.
  • The results list will include the available from dates for each      database; check the date of your citation against the available from dates. For off-campus access, enter your Emmanuel Portal login when prompted.

If full text is not available, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for the article.  All items marked with an asterisk on the ILL form are required; filling in anything else will provide us with more information and could help expedite the retrieval of your article. When your article is available you will be contacted via the email you provide on the form.

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How to Search Google Scholar and Link to Available Cardinal Cushing Library Resources

December 12, 2013

Linking to available Cardinal Cushing Library resources:

  1. From Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com), select Settings in the upper right corner.
  2. In the left menu, select Library links.
  3. In the search bar, type Cardinal Cushing Library and click blue search button. Select Cardinal Cushing Library – Full text@Emmanuel Coll. from the results and Save. 

Search Strategies in Google Scholar:

  1. Use Boolean operators when searching.
    Use AND/+ to narrow search results (automatically applied to multiple terms), OR to broaden them,  –  [negative sign] to exclude terms, and quotation marks to search for exact phrases.
  2. To access the Advanced Search, click the downward-pointing grey arrow inside the search bar, which allows for searches by author or specific journal. You can also limit to a date range and search within the item title.

Exporting Google Scholar citations to RefWorks:

  1. From Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com), select Settings in the upper right corner.
  2. Under the Bibliography manager heading, select Show links to import citations into, and select RefWorks from the drop-down menu.
  3. Save your preferences.
  4. Now, under each article citation in search results, one of the options in blue text will be Import into RefWorks.
  5. If using a public computer, remember to log out of RefWorks when finished.

Alternatively, underneath an article citation, you can click on the blue Cite link.  In the window that appears, click Import into RefWorks. If you have set Google Scholar to import to RefWorks, the Cite option will be under More.

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Citations and References for All of Your End of Semester Needs

December 10, 2013

Do you need to format citations and references for final papers before the end of the semester? Do you have questions about how to do this?

Make sure to visit the library’s Research and Course Guides page: http://library.emmanuel.edu/sp2/subjects/view.php?subject=emc_researchguides

Under the heading ‘Writing Resources/Help Resources’ you will find guides to all of the major citation and style formats, including APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and ACS.

If you have any further questions be sure to contact a reference librarian in person, via email at: reference@emmanuel.edu, and via phone at: (617) 735-9927. Also keep in mind that the reference desk has print copies of all the style manuals available for in library use.

- Posted by the Reference Department


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